Dona Bollard's moody photographs convey a large sense of narrative. Bollard works with a black and white background, with some details colored in (a belt, lips, leaves on a tree), which gives her scenes an old-timey feel. She lives in Colorado and photographs scenes that speak to a Western American vision. Horses are a popular subject (Bollard's company's name is The Spotted Pony Photography), as are people. People are posed in frozen narratives. A woman lugs a heavy-looking suitcase in a long silk dress--is she leaving or just arriving? Another woman stands wrapped in an American flag, staring directly at the camera. Bollard has an eye for detail and design, not just in her posed photographs as she recounts a story of stopping while driving to photograph a spotted horse. She says the goal of her work is to "access spirit." No matter the subject, she is interested in tapping into a dreaminess and an aura of "connected wisdom."
Bollard has been photographing for about thirty years. She still works exclusively with black and white film, and she processes and prints her work herself. Bollard began her career photographing for newspapers and magazines, including The Palm Beach Post, The Boston Globe, and Women's Wear Daily. This is her first year showing at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show.
Sang Joon Park's abstract clay works simmer with a quiet intensity. They call attention to texture, color, and repetition. Park works with porcelain and stoneware. Some works are purely for admiring, while others can also be put to use, such as a tea pot or a planter. Stacking is a popular motif. Bowls are stacked for wall installments and free standing works, thin C shapes are stacked together for a candle holder, and plates are staked. The idea of home is prevalent, with the bowls, plates, and tea cups. The presence of familiarity seems to tip between comforting and threatening, as if something nefarious is in the repetition. Throughout, the work is grounded in the every day.
Park is another new artist to the Armonk Outdoor Art Show this year. He grew up in Korea, where he first started studying pottery with potter Na Woon Chae. Under his tutelage, Park began making identical bowls as a practice. Then he came to the States for an MFA in Ceramic Studies at Pratt Institute. At Pratt, Park learned about abstraction, minimalism, and conceptual art. He combined his two experiences as a student to get to his present style. He continues to live in the New York City area since graduating at Pratt, and has also taught at several institutions.
Cordell Cordaro has women on the mind. Men make their appearances also, but women are the stars of this show. They're lithe, energetic, wear funky clothing and have hair straight out of a fashion shoot. Cordaro is inspired by circus imagery--even his fairy tale and party themed paintings take details like diamond pattern backgrounds and red circles on cheeks. He cites painter Egon Schiele as an influence, which is especially apparent in his dancer portraits. Alphonse Mucha's flowing-haired females come to mind, also. Cordaro's style is expressive and out-sized, while still retaining a delicacy.
Cordaro's scenes are joyous, but sly and just tinged with melancholy. The works are extremely colorful. Cordaro combines painting and ink drawing in his work. The ink drawing allows Cordaro to create the delicate detailing.
His mother observed the beginnings of an artist when he was still sitting in a highchair: even that young he was giving his smiley faces curlicue hair. Cordaro is joining us from Rochester.
AllAboutArmonk.com's artists' features are written by Amanda Boyle. Amanda is a student at the University of Pittsburgh's Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing.
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Brian Sage Oils "The Launch"
Brian Sage splits his oil paintings into three categories of subject: land, city, and water. Sage paints in an impressionistic style, using a soft touch. People show up often: a family playing at a park, pedestrians populating New York City and Chicago scenes, patrons at a bar, women smoking cigarettes while leaning against trucks, people on horses and boats, and even some clowns in full make-up. True to the impressionistic style, faces are not often distinct (with clowns being the main exemption, interestingly), but Sage has an eye for gesture and posture so that his people have personality.
In Sage's cityscapes, he is especially fond of depicting rainy day scenery. Groups and pairs bustle along under umbrellas, and taxis' lights trail alluringly on the wet streets. There are a series of koi paintings in his water series. These paintings are lush with color. His beach and coast paintings, also in the water series, shows Sage's affection for the calmness of a day. He also does commissioned oil paintings on surfboards. Sage grew up in Connecticut boating and playing sports alongside drawing. He comes from a family of artists: his mother, a watercolorist, and his grandfather, an architect and oil painter, encouraged his artistic interests while he was growing up.
Sage earned a fine arts degree from Rollins College, and soon after met the American Impressionist John Terelak, who became a mentor. Sage now calls Newport, Rhode Island home. This is his first year showing at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show.
Guilloume Guilloume Sculpture "Intimacy and Respect"
Guilloume Guilloume's sculptures are sinuous and sensuous. The subjects are faceless people, and this aspect allows the characters to easily embody several different moods at once: joyous, melancholic, relaxed, confident. Often, one work contains a pair or a group of people. The people flow together, although one notable sculpture has four jazzy geometric figures standing individually. Guilloume's sculptures come in a variety of sizes, and he does both outdoor and indoor works. He uses an earth tone palette.
Guilloume's sculptures often have a story behind them. He finds himself inspired by delightful ordinary moments that make up our everyday lives.
Guilloume grew up in Colombia, and now calls New Mexico home. He is a new artist to the 2014 Armonk Outdoor Art Show, and this is his first time showing in this part of the country. He first discovered sculpture as a student at the art institute Bellas Artes, where he was majoring in oil painting. He didn't work with sculpture again for years, until the early 90s when he learned the lost wax process. Guilloume mastered the process over several years, and uses it on the majority of his work today.
Beth Solomon handmakes her enigmatic jewelry. She makes rings, bracelets, brooches, and earrings. Each work has a dark sparkle, with black and gold being her most frequent colors. She uses sterling silver, and 18K and 22K yellow gold. Geometric shapes make up the work. Solomon also uses stones in interesting ways: pearls, diamonds, amethyst, aquamarine, and more. Solomon's aesthetic seems to be a coming together of science fiction and fantasy--if there were ever a space witch, she would wear Solomon's jewelry. There is even one ring that looks like a black pearl planet being orbited by its diamond moons. All the jewelry is bold and distinct.
The work is largely one of a kind, or limited edition. Solomon lists nature as one of her greatest inspirations, especially for texture, form, and the dance between light and dark. She also says architectural forms have been an influence on her work.
Solomon graduated from Boston University in the early 80s, where she majored in metals, and has run her own jewelry business since 1985. She also taught for several years at the DeCordova Museum School in Massachusetts. She is a new artist to the Art Show in 2014.
Carolyn Shattuck Mixed Media The Quilts of Gee's Bend - Vol. 2
Carolyn Shattuck's whimsical and colorful abstract works won Best in Show at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show in 2011. She makes works on paper and 3-D book art. While much of Shattuck's imagery deals with shapes, animals make appearances--turtles, birds, dogs--as do natural and figural imagery. She is interested in coupling, particularly of the romantic kind. One work, "Puritan Couple 1" has an orange face resembling a sun flourishing in the center of the work while a second blue face at the bottom of the work blends more so into the background. She states that she is interested in reinventing Puritan folk art imagery such as urns, angels, and hourglasses. There are also several jaunty works on the theme of cocktail parties. Shattuck's book arts bring fairy tale storybooks to mind, with their fantastical pop out spirals and accordion pleats, but thematically these are also rooted in the everyday. The book arts combine drawing and print assemblage.
Shattuck is originally from Montreal, Canada. She moved from there to the U.S. to Japan with her husband and then back again to the States to study painting at Bard College. She takes inspiration from many different areas, from Japanese prints to New England tombstones. She teaches book art workshops in both New England and Florida.
Christopher E. Green brings a diversity to sculpture. He works in stone and metal, and his works would be at home outdoors or indoors. His sculptures tend towards the abstract, even the more figural works, such as a sashaying glamorous woman with a partially flattened oval for a head. This is one of many works based off the human body. Nature--waves, birds, trees, flowers--also is a subject matter. And some works are thoughts on shape ("Mobius Loop") or seem to be partially a commentary on art itself ("Flaunt the Imperfection", which could also be related to the body).
A variety of different stones are used, including Italian alabaster, Welsh slate, mocha cream Portuguese limestone, black marble, and green serpentine. Green says that when he is working with stone he likes to make "bold, curved forms", whereas when he works with steel he's looking to create "simple lines and planes." With either material, he hopes to show the subject as its pure essence.
Green is originally from England, and moved to New York in 2007. A local artist, Green is joining us from Katonah. This is his first year showing at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show.
Laurie Goddard Abstract Mixed Media "Fellowship-Familiarity"
Laurie Goddard's mixed media works have a hushed feeling to them, and this is where their power and lasting impression comes from. Goddard has diverse works, but the majority of her works are colorful. She also uses interesting textures, both with paint and materials such as buttons, mesh, and semi-precious leaf. Goddard also frequently uses encaustics, which is heated beeswax with added colored pigments. Surface-wise, she paints on hardboard panels and watercolor paper. Iconography shows up in Goddard's latest works: a soldier saluting, moths, five-point stars, boats, birds, and more. Geometric shapes and paint drips show up, sometimes in the same work.
Goddard lives now in Western Massachusetts, but she has also lived in Milan and Saudi Arabia, where she was invited by the United States government to teach art. Goddard is inspired by the different landscapes and cultures she has lived in. She says her abstract works are "a cool amalgam of both a moment or a lifetime." And they definitely do have a timeless feeling, created by tethering abstractions slightly in reality.
Myron Whitaker is another new artist at the Art Show this year, joining us from North Carolina. He uses Raku firing for creating his colorful pots. Raku firing is a Japanese technique, that was made popular in the United States in the mid twentieth century, and the process involves a quick heating of the clay followed by a quick cooling. Whitaker says that watching the cooling is one of his favorite parts of the process: seeing the clay come to its final form.
Whitaker makes his own glaze, including a new matte glaze which he uses to get a southwestern palette: reds, oranges, browns. There are different textures and cracks in the glaze (which come from the Roku firing). For details, Whitaker includes shells, teeth and claws, and stones. These give his work an earthy feel. On the top of the covers there are often short spirals. The spirals add to the organic nature of the work. He makes pots of various heights and widths. There is an attention given to combining the shape of the work with the added-on details. Whitaker's ceramics are solid and soothing, their attitude is not to shout, but they stand out nonetheless.